What I’m Thinking: Hope Fulfilled

The Apostle Paul spoke of the sources of hope – but the greatest source of hope is that it has already been fulfilled.

Here’s a transcript:

I’m thinking about the fifth chapter of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome (Romans 5:1-5). in it he says we boast of our hope. What hope? Our hope of sharing the glory of God.

But he went on to say that we also boast of our sufferings, because suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Certainly that is true at some times for some people, but I would disagree with the Apostle Paul. I don’t think it’s inevitable. Some people do not survive their sufferings. Some people’s emotions or spirits are completely wrecked by suffering. Endurance is not an absolute.

Nor is character from endurance, nor is hope inevitable even from such a virtue as character.  But Paul concluded by saying our hope does not disappoint us. The reason our hope does not disappoint us is because we already have the company of the Holy Spirit, we already are imbued with the love of Jesus, we already are beloved children of our God.

And that, I think, is the crucial element of this passage: Paul’s reminder that our hope does not disappoint us because our hope is already fulfilled. Even in the midst of our sufferings, we are accompanied by the One who made us, the One who loves us best, the One who has said we will never be alone.

We boast in our sufferings not because of some inevitable progress of virtue from suffering. We boast of our sufferings because we are held in the grace and love of God. And so from the sufferings our hope has already been fulfilled.

That’s what I’m thinking. I’m curious to hear what you’re thinking. Leave me your thoughts in the comments section below; I’d love to hear from you.

Categories What I'm Thinking | Tags: , | Posted on June 6, 2022

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